Iwo Jima

“We found a water pipe, tied the flag to it and put it up. Then all hell broke loose below. Troops cheered, ships blew whistles, some men openly wept.” ~ Corporal Charles W. Lindbergh

On this day 72 years ago, Marines raised the American flag Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. This was not only a massive win for America but a tough battle fought by Marines that would result in being known as one of the toughest battles in Americas history during WWII.

Todays Marines meet Iwo Marines and are in awe of their tenacity and bravery. Fighting in some of the most austere conditions known to man. Battling a ruthless enemy, we are still today impressed on how they overcame their struggles and the enemy. Consequently, they Iwo Marines say the same about your Marines today. We defer to those Iwo Marines as setting the standard, trust me.

Onlookers cheered as the assault platoon fought to the summit and raised a small flag. Later that day, different troops raised a larger flag while others respectfully lowered the original.... Several combat photographers captured these stirring events on film, but Joe Rosenthal’s snapshot of the men struggling to raise the second flag in a stiff wind became an enduring symbol of American resolve.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps has both flags in our collection. Visitors can view the second flag raised on Mount Suribachi (seen in this video) in our WWII Gallery. It is on display every day. (National Museum of the Marine Corps)

Time for a C-Gar!


One kids hero, one soldiers hero

 A little girls who "Gets it" made a huge impact on a reservists hanging out at the baseball field as MLB players had lines formed up to autograph baseballs. Trust me, both participants are winners in this story. Classic! There is hope for America - Time for a C-Gar

 

"When Makenna Woodburn, 7, spotted a hero at a Boston Red Sox open house, she couldn't help but ask for an autograph, even though the hero wasn't a baseball player. Olyvia Russell is in her first year with the Reserves and says because she just started her career in the military, she's still fascinated by the attention. Woodburn was waiting in line for signatures from the team when she got out of line and approached the U.S. Army Reservist who had attended the event in her camouflage uniform" (Inside Addition)


Military branches drafting expansion plans as Trump vows to rebuild 'depleted' force

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For many that currently serve or are veterans and are out of the military specifically due to the last eight years of government and the sequestration, the below is a glimmer of light that has been welcomed from the past eight years. The sequestration has crippled your military to previous WWII numbers. What does that mean to you? Well that puts the US and Americans abroad in danger because the US military cannot adequately defend its interests or people.

Many Marines have been asked to leave the ranks specifically due to the past eight years drawdown. Would they go back? I would say yes many would return but that’s an entirely different conversation. What I don’t get is how the USAF & US Army is projecting a 30k increase in servicemembers where the Marine Corps is projecting only a 3,000 Marine increase (per the article). Huh? Really?

The Marine Corps has been stripped down to bare bones. Marine Expeditionary Units, who’s force projection plays a significant role in defense have been streamlined so bad that they are almost ineffective. Needless to say, in the past eight years, the Marine Corps (the smallest of the branches) was reduced the most. Additionally, as the article hints to, Marine Corps aircraft maintenance is a joke. Marine mechanics have been raiding the bone yards of Arizona for the past couple of years to keep what F18s they could be flying. Scary.

Currently the Marine Corps is 182,000 compared to before the Obama administration it was 202,000 and before that even bigger.

Not sure on this Marine Commandants “projection” view or why, when the other branches are going big on forecasting, the Marine Corps is only projecting a 3,000 increase. Time for a C-Gar

From the Air Force to the Army, America's military service branches are busy preparing ambitious proposals to expand, as President Trump renews his pledge to rebuild a fighting force he says has become "depleted." 

"Our country will never have had a military like the military we're about to build and rebuild,” Trump said at last week’s press conference. “It won't be depleted for long."  Read more here


Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. - Warrior Call - Motto Monday

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr.'s remarks following his induction into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes

CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Hostage Rescue Force Team Member in Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 8 to 9 December 2012. As the rescue force approached the target building, an enemy sentry detected them and darted inside to alert his fellow captors. The sentry quickly reemerged, and the lead assaulter attempted to neutralize him. Chief Byers with his team sprinted to the door of the target building. As the primary breacher, Chief Byers stood in the doorway fully exposed to enemy fire while ripping down six layers of heavy blankets fastened to the inside ceiling and walls to clear a path for the rescue force. The first assaulter pushed his way through the blankets, and was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire from within. Chief Byers, completely aware of the imminent threat, fearlessly rushed into the room and engaged an enemy guard aiming an AK-47 at him. He then tackled another adult male who had darted towards the corner of the room. During the ensuing hand-to-hand struggle, Chief Byers confirmed the man was not the hostage and engaged him. As other rescue team members called out to the hostage, Chief Byers heard a voice respond in English and raced toward it. He jumped atop the American hostage and shielded him from the high volume of fire within the small room. While covering the hostage with his body, Chief Byers immobilized another guard with his bare hands, and restrained the guard until a teammate could eliminate him. His bold and decisive actions under fire saved the lives of the hostage and several of his teammates. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of near certain death, Chief Petty Officer Byers reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


Army Vet who was shot 13 times gives Trump protestors a dose of reality of how "Loyalty" works in Iraq

This is a great article showing you behind the curtain of every deployed warrior on who you can and cannot trust.

It reminds me of a time in Helmand Province where we had ANA (Afg Natl Army) embedded within our FOB. Talk about sleeping with your weapon, I as did all the other Marines because they would nod north & south telling you “yes” all day then switch and try to kill you the next. The US military was directed to honcho a “relationship” with them and mentor them to make the real shitty places in Afg better. Ya, good luck with that.

 

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Delta Force Operator Gives Media Basic Training on Navy SEAL's Death They're Blaming on Trump

 

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This is an interesting article that peers into a view many are not accustomed to. I spose it’s easy to watch a news cast and believe every single thing about it, especially if you have little or no experience in the topic in the news report. Say they report about a train wreck and because many of us are not train experts, you might believe everything that is reported.

In the contrary, like this warrior below, I can see his points and they are spot on. Take a second to read through it and see if what he says makes any sense. It probably will. Time for a C-Gar

 

"Much of the media has no f****** clue what they’re talking about.

I’ve been to over seventy countries in the world as a soldier, security consultant, and civilian. I’ve been to every country in the Middle East. Yemen is one of the most dangerous countries on the planet. Syria isn’t the most dangerous country in the Middle East, Yemen is. Read full story here


Laying a great American to rest

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I was able to attend Marty Horn's funeral service and pay tribute to a great American, soldier, selfless contributer, husband,father and brother. 

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — General George S. Patton

This quote  fits Marty perfectly as I can hear him saying it . We are thankful for warriors like Marty who set the example as a father, led as a Soldier and exceeded the norm of support to the troops. 

 

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Peggy Kane in support along with other Patriot guard Riders honoring Marty. A true patriot who not only talks the talk but walks it as well.

It was a pleasure to be with the entire Horn family these last couple days, especially Sue who is a warrior in every sense of the word. Strong as hell, while caring and thoughtful at the same time. A unique combination of character traits in this day.

Watch a video of Marty's coffin departing

This isn't good bye Marty, as we will see each other again. You have done well, your mission is over, you made us all very proud to know you and carry on your examples. Rest easy my friend. Job well done.